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Thursday, May 31, 2001

Thank you

DFYS thanks foster parents, families
On Friday, May 25, staff of the local and regional Family and Youth Services offices and the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center hosted a luncheon for foster parents and families in the Juneau area.

Obituary

Pet of the week

Obituaries

Obituaries

Obituary

DFYS thanks foster parents, families
On Friday, May 25, staff of the local and regional Family and Youth Services offices and the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center hosted a luncheon for foster parents and families in the Juneau area.

Briefly

It's time to hold hands with devil's club
The expanding plant world reaches out with new growth in all directions. Devil's club's swelling tips begin to open into individual leaves, and they are their most friendly to humans. The soft new spikes are laid along the ribs of the leaf buds and can be stroked as if they were paws. Not a hint of thorniness, as long as we respect the direction of growth, and such a feeling of having one's hand in the tiger's mouth.

It's time to hold hands with devil's club
The expanding plant world reaches out with new growth in all directions. Devil's club's swelling tips begin to open into individual leaves, and they are their most friendly to humans. The soft new spikes are laid along the ribs of the leaf buds and can be stroked as if they were paws. Not a hint of thorniness, as long as we respect the direction of growth, and such a feeling of having one's hand in the tiger's mouth.

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Pet of the week

Around Town

Around Town

Anniversaries

Around Town

Around Town

Anniversaries

Thank you

Drawing from life
Heidi Reifenstein and Miah Lager draw their inspiration from the world around them.

Calendar

Artists return to celebrate music fest's 30th birthday
T he Sitka Summer Music Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a homecoming.

Drawing from life
Heidi Reifenstein and Miah Lager draw their inspiration from the world around them.

Calendar

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Briefly

Arts groups give back after Rogers' fire
A benefit concert to help George and Jean Rogers rebuild their home will bring together a number of groups from Juneau's artistic community.

Pride festival this weekend
Juneau's Second Annual Pride Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. this Saturday on Second Street between Seward and Main.

Pride festival this weekend
Juneau's Second Annual Pride Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. this Saturday on Second Street between Seward and Main.

Arts groups give back after Rogers' fire
A benefit concert to help George and Jean Rogers rebuild their home will bring together a number of groups from Juneau's artistic community.

Artists return to celebrate music fest's 30th birthday
T he Sitka Summer Music Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a homecoming.

Design launched for city ice rink
Juneau's Ice Skating Working Group greeted a new mission last week. After years of searching for project funding, group members began to tackle the possibility of spending it.

Hefty hatchery chum run boosting region's economy
Douglas Island Pink and Chum pumped nearly $40 million into the Southeast economy in 2000, according to a new study commissioned by the Juneau-based private nonprofit fish hatchery.

Sewage super to step down
The city's wastewater utility superintendent plans to resign in the wake of pollution violations at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to city officials.

Walking to save premature babies
Tracy Balovich recently got a new job giving tours at the Alaskan Brewing Co. But she's hoping to get somebody to fill in for her Saturday so she can be part of a fund-raising walk.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Arctic warming worries scientists
FAIRBANKS - The Arctic is among the least studied regions in the world but is the first place to feel the effects of climate change, residents and researchers say.

Sewage super to step down
The city's wastewater utility superintendent plans to resign in the wake of pollution violations at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to city officials.

New rules: Steer clear of whales
Most boaters won't be allowed to approach within 100 yards of humpback whales in Alaska under federal rules that take effect July 2. The endangered whales and their calves feed from spring to fall in Alaska waters.

Report: All share blame in near miss at airport
A communication breakdown is to blame for an incident two years ago when an Alaska Airlines jet carrying 58 people nearly collided with a snowplow at the Juneau Airport, according to a final report by federal investigators.

Panel nixes salmon label
ANCHORAGE - Efforts to have wild Alaska salmon certified as organic suffered a setback Wednesday when a federal study panel ruled against the idea.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Koyukuk gets break after flooding
FAIRBANKS - Spirits soared Tuesday in the Athabascan village of Koyukuk as Yukon River levels slowly receded, giving welcome respite after nearly a week of flooding.

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Graduating Seniors Part One: Seniors poised for different paths
Kendra Barnes was active in the music and theater programs at Juneau-Douglas High School and she'll probably study music, theater and literature in college. Allan Anderson didn't grow up thinking he'd be going to college, but a high school program has led to scholarships and plans to study business.

Report: All share blame in near miss at airport
A communication breakdown is to blame for an incident two years ago when an Alaska Airlines jet carrying 58 people nearly collided with a snowplow at the Juneau Airport, according to a final report by federal investigators.

Briefly

Holed yacht to lose 2 weeks on water
Repairs to the Alaskan Song, the charter yacht that ran onto submerged rocks and started flooding May 24 south of Angoon, will run between $40,000 and $80,000.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Private prison plan advances
Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to lease private prison space on the Kenai Peninsula.

New rules: Steer clear of whales
Most boaters won't be allowed to approach within 100 yards of humpback whales in Alaska under federal rules that take effect July 2. The endangered whales and their calves feed from spring to fall in Alaska waters.

Design launched for city ice rink
Juneau's Ice Skating Working Group greeted a new mission last week. After years of searching for project funding, group members began to tackle the possibility of spending it.

Arctic warming worries scientists
FAIRBANKS - The Arctic is among the least studied regions in the world but is the first place to feel the effects of climate change, residents and researchers say.

Briefly

Walking to save premature babies
Tracy Balovich recently got a new job giving tours at the Alaskan Brewing Co. But she's hoping to get somebody to fill in for her Saturday so she can be part of a fund-raising walk.

Murkowski not ready for defeat on ANWR battlefront
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski soon will relinquish his role as head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and hand the reigns to a senator opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Workers save starving seal pups
KENAI - Oil terminal workers rescued a starving female seal pup Tuesday on a beach south of Drift River.

Workers save starving seal pups
KENAI - Oil terminal workers rescued a starving female seal pup Tuesday on a beach south of Drift River.

Panel nixes salmon label
ANCHORAGE - Efforts to have wild Alaska salmon certified as organic suffered a setback Wednesday when a federal study panel ruled against the idea.

Hefty hatchery chum run boosting region's economy
Douglas Island Pink and Chum pumped nearly $40 million into the Southeast economy in 2000, according to a new study commissioned by the Juneau-based private nonprofit fish hatchery.

Koyukuk gets break after flooding
FAIRBANKS - Spirits soared Tuesday in the Athabascan village of Koyukuk as Yukon River levels slowly receded, giving welcome respite after nearly a week of flooding.

Murkowski not ready for defeat on ANWR battlefront
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski soon will relinquish his role as head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and hand the reigns to a senator opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Graduating Seniors Part One: Seniors poised for different paths
Kendra Barnes was active in the music and theater programs at Juneau-Douglas High School and she'll probably study music, theater and literature in college. Allan Anderson didn't grow up thinking he'd be going to college, but a high school program has led to scholarships and plans to study business.

Private prison plan advances
Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to lease private prison space on the Kenai Peninsula.

Briefly

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Holed yacht to lose 2 weeks on water
Repairs to the Alaskan Song, the charter yacht that ran onto submerged rocks and started flooding May 24 south of Angoon, will run between $40,000 and $80,000.

Big broom due at FBI
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Nearly four years before the FBI arrested Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, it got a tip that he had compromised the bureau's computer security system. The source was former FBI agent Earl Pitts, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to spying for Russia and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Going down swinging
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Nobody forced the PGA Tour to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to prevent a disabled pro golfer named Casey Martin from using a cart in professional competition.

A high stakes game
From the date of the announcement of Sen. Jim Jeffords' decision to declare himself an "Independent," I have been troubled by the whole issue, and the (printed version) public perceptions about what this means to the American political scene, let alone the American public.

Heliport site sounds like a done deal
With regard to the latest study underway to identify potential new heliport sites, it is clear that the dice are loaded. Although there is nothing in writing, it is the contractor's understanding (also reported in the Empire) that a prime component of the contractor's job is to identify one prime site north of town and one south of town.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

An unwanted airport security experience
As a professional photographer, I often travel through Juneau's International Airport. Having just returned from photographing a large group of school kids in Valdez, I must report a problem concerning the behavior of Juneau security personnel.

Heliport site sounds like a done deal
With regard to the latest study underway to identify potential new heliport sites, it is clear that the dice are loaded. Although there is nothing in writing, it is the contractor's understanding (also reported in the Empire) that a prime component of the contractor's job is to identify one prime site north of town and one south of town.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Bush changes nothing
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's San Jose Mercury News: Get ready for nothing to change. George Bush has landed in California, sat face-to-face with Gov. Gray Davis and heard firsthand the pitch for price controls on the wholesale cost of electricity.

Truly a public course
Thank you for the editorial of Sunday, May 27, in support of the efforts by Totem Creek Inc. to develop a golf course at a site designated by the CBJ Assembly for that purpose.

Traffic roundabouts work wonders
The recently completed traffic "roundabout" built in front of the downtown parking garage is terrific. Constructed with funds from the passenger ship fee fund, the new roundabout works for residents and visitors alike.

Bush changes nothing
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's San Jose Mercury News: Get ready for nothing to change. George Bush has landed in California, sat face-to-face with Gov. Gray Davis and heard firsthand the pitch for price controls on the wholesale cost of electricity.

A high stakes game
From the date of the announcement of Sen. Jim Jeffords' decision to declare himself an "Independent," I have been troubled by the whole issue, and the (printed version) public perceptions about what this means to the American political scene, let alone the American public.

Going down swinging
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Nobody forced the PGA Tour to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to prevent a disabled pro golfer named Casey Martin from using a cart in professional competition.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Traffic roundabouts work wonders
The recently completed traffic "roundabout" built in front of the downtown parking garage is terrific. Constructed with funds from the passenger ship fee fund, the new roundabout works for residents and visitors alike.

Juneau should have a golf course
I hate golf, as do most folks, especially avid golfers after a tough round. My mother's major disappointment with me has to do with the fact that I never took up golf, a game that was and remains her passion.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Juneau should have a golf course
I hate golf, as do most folks, especially avid golfers after a tough round. My mother's major disappointment with me has to do with the fact that I never took up golf, a game that was and remains her passion.

Truly a public course
Thank you for the editorial of Sunday, May 27, in support of the efforts by Totem Creek Inc. to develop a golf course at a site designated by the CBJ Assembly for that purpose.

Big broom due at FBI
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Nearly four years before the FBI arrested Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, it got a tip that he had compromised the bureau's computer security system. The source was former FBI agent Earl Pitts, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to spying for Russia and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

An unwanted airport security experience
As a professional photographer, I often travel through Juneau's International Airport. Having just returned from photographing a large group of school kids in Valdez, I must report a problem concerning the behavior of Juneau security personnel.

Fishing tournament comes to Sitka
After filming a segment of the TV show "Fishing Expeditions" near Sitka last year, Steve Carson and Ronnie Kovach decided the waters were worthy of an international tournament.

Fishing Report
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area slowed considerably last week, taking an average of 47 hours to land a keeper king. Last year during the same week it took 48 hours while the five-year average is 29 hours. The weather was fine for fishing over the long Memorial weekend and kings were sampled from Icy Strait, Lizardhead, False Point Retreat, Doty's Cove and Point Bishop. North Douglas and the Breadline were the "hottest" spots. It's difficult to tell if the herring shortage had anything to do with last week's catch rates.

Out and About

Out and About

Hitting the trail with your best friend
Sandy Harris used to hike with her dogs Murray and Darcy. She loved having them along in large part because they loved being there.

Fishing requires flexibility, and bait
I got my operation up and running and am happy to report that our king salmon fishing has generally been pretty good, but it's been a perfect example of the need to be versatile and able to change your way of fishing.

Fishing tournament comes to Sitka
After filming a segment of the TV show "Fishing Expeditions" near Sitka last year, Steve Carson and Ronnie Kovach decided the waters were worthy of an international tournament.

Fishing Report
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area slowed considerably last week, taking an average of 47 hours to land a keeper king. Last year during the same week it took 48 hours while the five-year average is 29 hours. The weather was fine for fishing over the long Memorial weekend and kings were sampled from Icy Strait, Lizardhead, False Point Retreat, Doty's Cove and Point Bishop. North Douglas and the Breadline were the "hottest" spots. It's difficult to tell if the herring shortage had anything to do with last week's catch rates.

Fishing requires flexibility, and bait
I got my operation up and running and am happy to report that our king salmon fishing has generally been pretty good, but it's been a perfect example of the need to be versatile and able to change your way of fishing.

40.6-pound king leads Spring Salmon Derby on final day
For once, Alfred McKinley Sr. is hoping the fishing is bad, so he can hold onto the top spot in the Spring King Salmon Derby until it closes tonight.

40.6-pound king leads Spring Salmon Derby on final day
For once, Alfred McKinley Sr. is hoping the fishing is bad, so he can hold onto the top spot in the Spring King Salmon Derby until it closes tonight.

Hitting the trail with your best friend
Sandy Harris used to hike with her dogs Murray and Darcy. She loved having them along in large part because they loved being there.

Brushing up on trail manners
Dogs don't think like people, and a lot of the training and disciplinary methods that work with people will only confuse (a dog), said Gaile Haynes, a dog trainer certified by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. "For most people, (a training class) is the best way to learn the basics of dog training and for their dogs to learn good manners around other people and other dogs."

Brushing up on trail manners
Dogs don't think like people, and a lot of the training and disciplinary methods that work with people will only confuse (a dog), said Gaile Haynes, a dog trainer certified by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. "For most people, (a training class) is the best way to learn the basics of dog training and for their dogs to learn good manners around other people and other dogs."

Switzer Creek path focus of Trail Day
The trail wending by Switzer Creek, into the woods and out again, is ready for some repairs.

Switzer Creek path focus of Trail Day
The trail wending by Switzer Creek, into the woods and out again, is ready for some repairs.

Local Scoreboard: Southeast Road Runners Sea Coast Relay
Results from the Southeast Road Runners Club's 2001 Sea Coast Relay held on Saturday. The five-person relay covered 21.93 miles from Mendenhall River Elementary School to the Eagle Beach picnic area.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 9:53 a.m. Thursday, May 31. The derby closes at 7 p.m. tonight, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Sonner sets state masters swim records
Ritchie Sonner of Juneau broke two Alaska state masters swimming records while competing in the 2001 Short Course Yards National Masters Swimming Championships held May 17-20 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Cold swimmers raise money for new clinic
Ten divers and six brave swimmers took a dip in the frigid waters of the Icy Straits May 12 to benefit the new Gustavus Clinic. The swimmers brought thousands of dollars in pledges to the Clinic.

Blackhurst takes second at nationals
Carl Blackhurst of Haines fell short of his national championship dreams, but the Adams State University senior did finish second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the NCAA Division II national championships held Friday night in Edwardsville, Ill.

Two wins from a state title
PALMER -- All the elements are there for the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team to win the state championship.

Lloyd Curie cut by WNBA's Minnesota Lynx
Former Juneau-Douglas and Sitka high school basketball player Andrea Lloyd Curie was released by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, but her basketball career may not be over.

Cold swimmers raise money for new clinic
Ten divers and six brave swimmers took a dip in the frigid waters of the Icy Straits May 12 to benefit the new Gustavus Clinic. The swimmers brought thousands of dollars in pledges to the Clinic.

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Sonner sets state masters swim records
Ritchie Sonner of Juneau broke two Alaska state masters swimming records while competing in the 2001 Short Course Yards National Masters Swimming Championships held May 17-20 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club Results
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Dredge Lake mountain bike race held Saturday at Dredge Lake. The event was six laps around the course, for a total of 17 miles.

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 9:53 a.m. Thursday, May 31. The derby closes at 7 p.m. tonight, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Lloyd Curie cut by WNBA's Minnesota Lynx
Former Juneau-Douglas and Sitka high school basketball player Andrea Lloyd Curie was released by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, but her basketball career may not be over.

Sports in Juneau

Blackhurst takes second at nationals
Carl Blackhurst of Haines fell short of his national championship dreams, but the Adams State University senior did finish second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the NCAA Division II national championships held Friday night in Edwardsville, Ill.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club Results
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Dredge Lake mountain bike race held Saturday at Dredge Lake. The event was six laps around the course, for a total of 17 miles.

Local Scoreboard: Southeast Road Runners Sea Coast Relay
Results from the Southeast Road Runners Club's 2001 Sea Coast Relay held on Saturday. The five-person relay covered 21.93 miles from Mendenhall River Elementary School to the Eagle Beach picnic area.

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through May

Sports in Juneau

Two wins from a state title
PALMER -- All the elements are there for the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team to win the state championship.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through May

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